Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had failed.
Councilor James Mugisha being dragged out of the council hall soon after he caused commotion during the meeting last week
Lira Municipal Councillors have petitioned the State House
Anti-Corruption Unit over gross irregularities surrounding management of social
Some of the critical issues which the councillors want the unit to investigate include
the award of contract to manage Coronation Park to Saving Grace Investment,
allocation of revenues collection to some individuals at the Main Market,
allocations of plots at the Timber Yard near the current Airfield among others.
The petition dated, March 2nd, 2019 and addressed to Lt. Col Nakalema
was signed by 16 councillors.
Kenneth Owani, one of the petitioners says that they resolved to
petition the unit after all their attempts to expose corruption activities had
Owani claimed there are numerous irregularities carried out by the
Municipality officials allegedly with full knowledge of Town Clerk, Assy
Mike Ogwal, the Kakoge parish councillor cited the recent transfers
of over 20 million shillings to the bank account of an individual without the approval of the council.
James Mugisha of Lango Central parishes says that Lira Municipal
officials have also several times flouted Public Procurement guidelines.
He cites the recent allocation of contract to manage Coronation
Park under USMID in Lira town to a
private company, Saving Grace Investment limited for a period of one year.
Steven Alele, a local Anti-Corruption activist in Lira town
described the award as illegal since all Procurement
laws were abused.
According to Alele, PPDA is also undertaking investigation into
the circumstances under which this contract was awarded.
On February 26, 2019, the PPDA acting Executive Director wrote to
Lira Municipality Town Clerk Assy Abireebe confirming investigations to
ascertain the alleged irregularities in the award of contract.
confirmed receiving the petition and said that it will be reviewed before
Abireebe said he is not aware or bothered about